When it comes to poker games on the iPhone, it seems like there are more options out there than one could feasibly shake a chip at. And if that’s how you feel, you’d be right! However, there’s a clear leader in the pack, and in our not so humble opinion, that champion is Fresh Deck Poker, from Idle Games, Inc.
The game provides us with everything we need: Real bets, beautiful graphics, smooth rule variations, and a bountiful pool of other people to play against. Plus, you get iPhone and iPad support. Combine all of these, and you have easily the most solid iOS poker experience.
For our full review of Fresh Deck Poker, you need only to slide on down below the break. Starting with:
Concept and Gameplay
If you’ve ever played Texas Hold’Em poker before, then you know exactly what to expect here with Fresh Deck Poker. The application provides turbo speed no limit Texas Hold’em with a “sit-n-go” playstyle. That means you’re welcome to squat at a table for only a few hands, and then leave at your discretion. This is quite handy (believe you us) if you’re pitted against other players that know a bit more about poker than you do.
Outside of this, you can maintain a roster of friends and acquaintances to play against. You can play with them at any table at any time. Likewise, you’ll find a fountain of avatars and characters to unlock by playing the game. This provides a lot of customization potential, and it’s also just fun to play poker as a Lady Dog against a bowler-capped shark—as an example.
Beyond that, the controls are stupid simple, and lead to lots of quick-fire rounds. That’s a boon for the seasoned player, who knows how long these online matches can drag-on, especially with newbies.
Design and Graphics
It also helps Fresh Deck Poker’s case that it looks so damn good. The title is wonderfully lush, well thought-out in its construction, and vibrant to the umpteenth degree.
It’s a lot like a real casino. In fact you will quickly lose yourself in the bright lights and the enthusiasm. And forget seeing any clocks!
The app has a clever UX, a fun world (not something we say often for a poker app) and more than enough draw to keep us coming back. To us, that’s good design!
And did we mention that Fresh Deck Poker is completely free to play in the App Store? This makes it a solid bargain, and easily our top pick for a Texas Hold’Em style poker game on the iPhone or iPad. Plus, it’s also available on Android so your other friends can partake too.
Since the developers of Fresh Deck Poker generally come from a background of real money poker sites, it makes sense that it carries the same framework as real money poker sites including, according to the developer, being the only free poker game to have its random number generator certified by a 3rd party – as all real money poker sites have to.
If you’re jouncing for exactly that kind of gameplay, we really can’t recommend Fresh Deck Poker enough.
It earns a perfect score, as well as our hearty recommendation!
Fresh Deck Poker requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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